Klavan named Estonian Player of the Year

Augsburg - Having helped his side record a narrow 1-0 victory at VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 12, FC Augsburg centre-back Ragnar Klavan was given further reason to celebrate on Sunday evening after being named Estonia's Player of the Year for 2014.

Kindest gratitude

It's the second time the award - voted for by members of the Estonian Football Association and football journalists - has gone to Estonia's national team captain, who also received the accolade in 2012. The 29-year-old helped die Fuggerstädter to an eighth-place finish last term and has formed a crucial part of a defence that has kept five clean sheets in the Bundesliga this season.

"Team achievements are always far more important for me than individual ones, but it's always pleasant when your work is valued highly," said Klavan. "I'm thankful to all the coaches I've worked with, but I'd like to address the kindest words of gratitude to my family, who always support me. Thanks to them, I exist in this world."

It wasn't all good news for Augsburg after Matchday 12, though, as first-choice keeper Marwin Hitz was ruled out for the rest of the calendar year with a partial tear of the cruciate ligament in his right knee. The 29-year-old doesn't require an operation, but will miss the club's remaining league fixtures in 2014.